Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Music History Today: August 18, 2021

August 18, 2001: Afroman debuts on the Billboard hot 100 single's chart at 67 with "Because I Got High."
"Because I Got High" by American rapper Afroman describes how cannabis use is degrading the narrator's quality of life. The song, which was written in only a few minutes, rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet and was featured on The Howard Stern Show. 

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The song explains how the narrator "got high" with the result of not taking responsibility for anything. Examples include neglecting to clean his room, failing his college class (which he intends to take next semester), getting fired from his job (promoting him to sell drugs for a living), missing court dates, having his paycheck garnished due to missed child support payments, gambling away his car payment, becoming a paraplegic as the result of a police chase, and being left by his wife for neglecting to have sex with her. 
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August 18, 1962: The Rivingtons' "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" debuts in the Top 100.
"Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" is a novelty nonsensical doo-wop song by the Rivingtons in 1962. It peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100. Together with the Rivingtons' 1963 novelty song "The Bird's the Word", "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" was the basis for the song "Surfin' Bird", a number four hit in 1963 by The Trashmen. Initially, the single did not credit the original songwriters, but after the Rivingtons asked for their copyright to be respected, the songwriting credits were amended. 
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August 18, 1973: Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning" hits number 1, where it stays for one week.
Diana Ross always made sexy music, but for about the first decade of her career, she wasn’t really making music about sex. In the early ’60s, when the Supremes first broke out, nobody really was.  
Diana Ross
Diana Ross
 But in the midst of the early-’70s sexual revolution, songwriters stopped feeling like they had to hide sex behind implication and allegory. And this turned out to be perfect for Diana Ross. For her, a song like “Touch Me In The Morning,” which is clearly and plainly about morning sex and about extending a one-night stand just a little bit further, didn’t sound like a stretch. It sounded natural. 
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August 18, 1979: Chic's "Good Times" hits number 1 in America.
“Here it is, y’all,” Nile Rodgers told us. “The song that started hip-hop.” This was in the summer of 2000, and Chic were playing a free show at Central Park SummerStage. 

Chic
Chic

In September of 1979, a few weeks after “Good Times” hit #1, a previously-unknown trio called the Sugarhill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight,” their first single, on the local indie Sugarhill Records. For 15 minutes, the three members of the group rapped delirious nonsense over the “Good Times,” bassline. 
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August 18 2001: "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys hits the top spot on the single's chart.
This was the first single from Keys, who was 20 years old when it was released, but had started writing the song three years earlier. A prodigy who signed with Columbia records when she was 16, Keys wrote the song while she was at the label.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Her Columbia album never materialized, as she never clicked with their vision. When she was 18, she left for J Records, a new label founded by Clive Davis. Under Davis, she was given more creative freedom, which worked out very well. "Fallin'" was a huge hit and validated Davis' strategy. 
Read more: Songfacts

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